COVID-19: Two Ottawa cops and an Ottawa district fireplace chief have examined constructive

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

Two Ottawa cops and an Ottawa district fireplace chief have examined constructive for COVID-19, this newspaper has discovered.

Ottawa police had been notified Saturday evening that the cops — a coach officer and a brand new recruit from central division’s “A” platoon — examined constructive.

“Each officers have been off work for greater than per week after they started experiencing signs and each have been self-isolating,” Ottawa police Chief Peter Sloly wrote in an e mail to officers Sunday morning, with out figuring out the officers.

“This information is regarding for all of us,” Sloly stated, whereas noting that public well being officers and police workers have been reaching out to the officers’ shut contacts together with different officers.

Sloly stated the officers are being supported and that the service is “working consistently to determine greatest practices each domestically, nationally and globally and placing the strategies that work into place as quickly as we will.”

The service is conscious of different members who’re self-isolating and awaiting take a look at outcomes, based on the e-mail.

Ottawa police have elevated cleansing of high-traffic areas at police buildings and proceed to ask members with signs or who’ve travelled internationally to self-isolate.

In keeping with a separate e mail despatched to firefighters by their management, Ottawa Hearth Providers acquired affirmation Saturday district chief examined constructive.

“His final day at work was Mar. 21, 2020 and we’re within the technique of monitoring his actions and decontaminating tools, automobiles and station(s),” the e-mail stated.

“This affirmation shouldn’t be a shock to any of us, it was only a matter of when. Now we have been planning for this eventuality and we’re prepared.”

The instances are the firsts for each Ottawa fireplace and Ottawa police. First-responders have continued to work and be on the frontline of the pandemic, coping with residents and responding to requires service.

In the meantime,

there are 208 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province and two more patients have died

, based on the most recent knowledge launched Sunday morning by the Ontario Ministry of Well being. There at the moment are 1,355 confirmed instances of novel coronavirus within the province. Greater than 49,000 individuals have been accredited for testing, and 40,630 of these have examined unfavourable.

There are nonetheless 7,203 instances beneath investigation within the province.

Typically, statistics for official diagnoses ought to be seen with warning. Testing doesn’t observe down all instances in a group as a result of the delicate signs most individuals have aren’t distinguishable from frequent colds, and since public well being can’t take a look at giant numbers of individuals.

Extra to return.

-With recordsdata from Aedan Helmer